Posted on June 28 2011 – 12:05 AM – Posted by: Nicole Coulter
How did we miss this?
Sarah Palin’s favorability among Republicans is higher than Mitt Romney’s or Michele Bachmann’s.
Of course, you have to read the 20th paragraph of the Associated Press story on its own poll to find that out.
The “big” news is that the Minnesota twins — Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty — are climbing in the standings.
From the Associated Press “Bachmann, Pawlenty Gain in GOP Field”:
“Republicans are starting to pay more attention to the candidates who hope to take on President Barack Obama next year, and so far that’s been a good thing for Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty. Not for Newt Gingrich. Overall, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows, Republicans are giving the field of challengers a so-so assessment as interest in the race increases. And, with growing doubts among Americans that Obama deserves re-election, Democratic interest in the GOP field is significant, too.”
Blah, blah, blah.
Skip to Paragraphs 20-24 at the end of the story:
Republicans still give Romney the highest favorability rating among announced candidates, at 61 percent. Palin, who’s keeping everyone guessing about her intentions, is holding steady, too, with a 63 percent favorability rating.
Bachmann’s favorability rating jumped from 41 percent to 54 percent among Republicans. A third still have no opinion about her, and it’s too soon to tell if her boost will endure or was a June phenomenon.
Huntsman, who announced his candidacy this week but still is relatively unknown nationally, had a 23 percent favorability rating among Republicans. He’s gotten better known — 59 percent had no opinion about him in the latest poll, down slightly from 66 percent a month earlier. But the result was an increase in those with an unfavorable opinion, from 11 percent to 17 percent, with a greater uptick among tea party supporters.
Pawlenty, one of the first to get into the race, saw his favorable ratings rise 10 percentage points to 43 percent. His support among tea party backers was up 11 points.
The poll was conducted June 16-20 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cellphone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. The survey included 429 Republicans, and that subset had a larger, 6.2 percentage point margin of error.
Gosh, why would the Associated Press want to downplay the favorability of Palin? It’s baffling. Anyone?